Museum Resources

Museum Resources

 Events

Two annual events have been important sources of funding for our new museum. In the summer, the Sourland Conservancy and Stoutsburg Cemetery Association have organized re-creations of an old time "Camp Meeting". During the winter season the same two organizations have put together a "Gospel Brunch" at a local church. Both have been very successful and helped raise money for our important cause. Find out more about them below.

Members of the SSAAM board also organize or participate in symposia and events related to the goals and vision of the organization. Some of these are also listed below.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Private Screening of "Harriett"

AMC Hamilton 24 Theatre

Friday, November 1, 2019

Hamilton, NJ

The SSAAM was joined by over 100 of our closest friends at the AMC Hamilton 24, for a private screening of the premiere of "Harriet". It is an excellent biopic about the abolitionist, and most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriett Tubman. The movie is a gripping and long overdue portrayal of her life; we highly recommend it to any of our SSAAM friends who couldn't make it lto the event.

 

Special thanks to SSAAM trustee and treasurer Catherine Fulmer Hogan, who did a yeoman's job of organizing this event- it wouldn't have been possible without her!

October 12 & 13, 2019, marked the annual Somerset County Weekend Journey through the Past. The SSAAM was pleased to participate in the event, as we welcomed some one hundred guests to the Mt. Zion AME on Hollow Rd in Skillman, NJ.

During the two days of the event, our visitors discovered the history of our church and organization, as well as the centuries-old history of African Americans in the region. They heard about our recent, exciting developments about the church restoration and land preservation, and listened to our distinguished invited guests and donors.  Our visitors got to try out some of our new technology that we use to tell our story, (Oculus VR glasses and listening stations), as well as creating some tokens of their visit at the crafts table. Even Mother Nature joined us, with two days of perfect autumn weather!

 

It was a great event and we thank all who participated. We hope to see you again next autumn!

SSAAM President John Buck opens the weekend and welcomes our guests.

John and Sourland Conservancy President Dante DiPirro discuss recent land preservation efforts and futrue plans at the SSAAM site

Patricia Payne, whose family (the True family) donated the land for the Mt. Zion AME Church, back in the late 1800s, visited the church during Weekend Journey Through the Past. Patricia’s incredibly generous donation carries on the tradition of her family’s support for the church and for the mission of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum. As an alumna of Lesley U. in Cambridge, MA, it was delightful for me to meet and speak with Patricia, retired librarian at Lesley!

It was great to see Tom D’Amico, Somerset County Supervising Planner and Cultural and Heritage Commission Historic Sites Coordinator, at the event. Tom spoke about the large (and largely unacknowledged) role of African American troops in American wars. Thanks for the support, encouragement and kind words, Tom!

We had the pleasure of chatting with this gentleman. Bob Vaucher is 101 years old. He learned about our project when he was honored alongside Beverly Mills and Sharon Elaine Buck by D & R Greenway and wanted to come out to see all the work being done at SSAAM.

The was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force and a Combat Pilot in WWII. Well, I googled Bob and what we learned was remarkable. At the age of 99, he led a group of concerned citizens who fought to preserve a 32 acre parcel of land in Bridgewater where George Washington had some 2,000 troops encamped during the winter of 1778-1779. Bob and his team raised 100,000 of private funds. That coupled with grants, public gifts and a support from the town gave them the 1.9 million they needed to stop the developer from building 17 houses on the site.

Bob is an inspiration and a reminder that it is never too late to do important work. We were so pleased to have him come out and support the work of SSAAM.

He can be seen here purchasing If these Stones Could Talk from Co-Author and SSAAM Advisory Board member, Beverly Mills.

Aliens at the Mt Zion AME Church in Montgomery Township? No, it’s Jason Buck and Kevin Burkman (SSAAM board member) trying out our new Virtual Reality devices.

The Sourland Conservancy's Tatiana Fulmer (above)

led the activities at our craft table. At right, the Conservancy's Executive Director Caroline Katmann and President Dante DiPirro display their craft creations.

All photos and text by SSAAM trustees Caroline Katmann, Catherine Fulmer-Hogan and Kevin Burkman

Montgomery Evangelical Free Church Choir at the

Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Skillman, NJ

On Sunday, September 15, 2019, the SSAAM came alive with the sounds of traditional hymns and fellowship, courtesy of the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church of Belle Mead, New Jersey! It also included a brief history of the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church and its founder, Reverend Richard Allen from Mother Bethel in Philadelphia, which was provided by SSAAM President John Buck.

 

Many thanks to the church’s Senior Pastor Brian Cooper, its music minister Mark Hahn, and Jesse Havens, for orchestrating the event.

Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum

Sunday, May 27, 2019

Skillman, NJ

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May 23- 27, 2019 marked the 2nd annual Hopewell Valley Heritage Weekend, a celebration of the region’s heritage, culture and diversity.

 

The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum was proud to be part of the festivities on the afternoon of Sunday the 27th, when we opened the doors to the museum to the public, for the first time.

 

Nearly 100 people visited the church, who had an opportunity to meet the founders and board members of the SSAAM, view our exhibits and artifacts, and check out all the recent renovations to the church.

30th Anniversary Gala of the D&R Greenway Land Trust

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Princeton, NJ

John Buck, President of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM)  along with  Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills, members of the SSAAM Advisory Board, were honored at the 30th Anniversary Gala of the D&R Greenway Land Trust on May 11, 2019.  Since its founding in 1989, the mission of the D&R Greenway is "to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and forever."  Today, in celebration of 30 years of land preservation, stewardship and community, the Greenway has preserved to date 300 properties and 20,000 acres.  

In presenting the Land Stewardship Award to John, Elaine and Beverly, D&R President and CEO Linda Mead stated that because of their commitment to the creation of SSAAM and Beverly and Elaine's book about the African American settlement on the Sourland Mountain, John, Elaine and Beverly were more than deserving to be recognized for "creating a place to celebrate diversity and the land."

 

John, Elaine and Beverly expressed their appreciation and look forward to their continued partnership with the D&R Greenway, Montgomery Township Open Space Committee and the Sourland Conservancy in acquisition of the land to create the Rock Brook Greenway, the Mt. Zion AME Church property and to Phase II to create the SSAAM and Sourland Conservancy "campus." 

 

Beverly Mills

Photos by Jason Buck

Fourth Annual Gospel Brunch

Saturday, February 23, 2019 11 am - 2 pm

Hopewell Presbyterian Church

 80 West Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525

2108 Hopewell Harvest Fair

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10am-4pm

Hopewell Elementary School, Hopewell, NJ

2108 Camp Meeting Revival

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 11am-2pm

Skillman Park, Montgomery, NJ

Our annual historic reenactment of a camp meeting revival: friends, fun and great gospel music!

Somerset County's

Weeekend Journey through the Past

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Mt Zion AME Church, future home of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, was a site on the tour list!

Soul Food Community Dinner & Silent Auction

Saturday, June 30, 2018, 6PM

Unitarian Church at Washington Crossing

Twin Hunt Farm Fundraiser

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Hopewell Township, NJ

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Juneteenth Commem0ration

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trent House Museum, Trenton, NJ

Camp Meeting Revivals

Saturday, August, 2017

Skillman Park, Montgomery, NJ

Gospel Brunch

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Hopewell, NJ

Exploring African American History and Culture in New Jersey

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ground for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

What We Don't Know Can Hurt Us- What We Talk About Can Save Us

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ground for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ